Featured in “Which Way?” Group – June 18, 2012
Villaggio Crespi d’Adda (Lombardy, Italy)
Late 19th century Workers’ Village – the perfect workers’ village – UNESCO World Heritage
Crespi is the name of a family of cotton manufacturers from Lombardy. This family realized an “ideal workers’ village” nearby their factory, along the Adda river.
The Villaggio Crespi d’Adda (Crespi Workers’ Village) is an entire town, built from nothing by the owner of the factory for his workers and their families. The workers were provided with homes, gardens, vegetable gardens and all necessary local services.
In this perfect little world the master of Crespi “reigned” from his castle and, like a caring father, satisfied all needs of his employees: “from the cradle to the grave” both inside and outside the factory, predating any official state benefits or provisions. Only those who worked in the factory could live in the Village, and the life of everybody was connected to the factory, its rhythms and its demands.